Again Gary Ales and the Friendship Club turn out to help the Midway YMCA Men’s Club unload Christmas trees to help raise money for the Y programs. Over 50 people showed up the make hard work easy.

The 50 people came from seven high schools (Central, Humboldt, OWL, St. Paul Academy, Visitation, St. Thomas Academy, Eagan High School and four colleges (Concordia Women hockey team, St Kate, St. Paul College, and Inver Hills Community college). Gary said that Nikki Schilling started coming out 15 years ago as a ninth grader at Humboldt High School and now she is a fifth grade supervisor at Bruce Vento School.

When Joseph Lallier (senior at Eagan High School) was asked why he had been doing this for the past four years, he said that beside being fun it was a way a young person could give back to his community. Dave Dominick, the director of the Midway YMCA, was so thankful to all the persons that turned out to help unload the Christmas trees this year.


“Leadership in our community comes by being servants to others. To finding a need and filling it, by taking your gifts and sharing them with others, taking what you have plenty of and giving to others. By being active in your community and demanding the best from everyone,” observed Mitchell Lallier. “What a fun way to start the season by giving to others.

Someone brought bell necklaces and wrist bells to ring as they worked. A group broke out singing Jingle Bells and everyone joined in.


Minnesota 2018 World Handball Championships

Some words of wisdom from our youth handball coach Mitchell Lallier.  Its a very interesting read on how important sports are to the youth of today.

People always asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? Well I have a confession to make; I don't pay for my kids to to do sports. Personally, I couldn't care less about what sport they do.

So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for?

- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don't.

- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go to their training but they go anyway.

- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.

- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and learn how to correctly fuel their body for success.

- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.

- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that placing or title they'd hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot.

- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

- I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but others, officials, judges and coaches.

- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.

- I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.

- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.

- I pay so that my kids can be in the gym instead of in front of a screen...

MN Youth Handball U of M handball clinic

We are pleased to announce that our youth handball program for 2019 on September 14th and will run until May 16th.  As usual the program will be split into two parts depending on the age and experience of our players, below is more information on the breakdown:


Now that the school season has officially started we would love for you to consider joining us for another great season of Urban Handball.  The program will be split into two parts depending on the age and experience of the players involved, below is a list of the breakdown of the two opportunities available to our youth:


University of Minnesota Rec Center  ( ages 13 -18)

123 Harvard ,Mpls

9am -11am



Midway YMCA 1pm to 3pm  ( new players and kids 5 – 13)

We hope to see all of our handball players come back and join us for another great season!  Please feel free to invite your friends and family to come and experience the sport for themselves, we are always looking for new players from all ages!

Clayland Park One Wall Celebration - handball players

We couldn’t have asked for a better day to play handball on the new Clayland Park One Wall! The experienced came to showcase their skills to a new lineup of upcoming star handball players.

We were lucky enough to be featured in Channel 5 news and which will help build awareness to the community about the new one wall.  We are hopeful that we will continue to see players come to play handball in the great outdoors.

Stay tuned for more exciting events like this to come!  Thank you for everyone that attend this event and made it possible.

Clayland Park One Wall Celebration - handball instruction
Clayland Park One Wall Celebration - new generation
Clayland Park One Wall Celebration - handball lesson
Clayland Park One Wall Celebration - handball players

A new academic year is upon us yet again!  While parents and students double check their school supply list in preparation for a new school year many of them may overlook the importance of laying out a plan for academic success.

Having an academic success plan has becoming more crucial as the academic landscape continues to become more competitive year after year.  Having a laid out plan  could be the differentiating part of a student’s academic success for the upcoming school year and beyond.

Starting an academic success plan should start year in the school year and ideally should be one of the first tasks a student completes at the beginning of any school semester.  It will help guide a student through the process of reflecting on what worked in the past but also to think about what changes they can make based on prior learnings they have had.  Long term planning will allow a student to have the framework in place to help them meet their academic goals.

At Kids on the Line we will have every student go through an academic success plan where they will reflect on things that worked in the past but also things that didn’t go so well.  They will also highlight subjects that they are passion about along with subjects that they may need to work on so they can focus on getting a well-rounded educational experience. Going through this process will allow us to cater how we help tutor our students in their academics to help them be successful.


One Wall Handball Celebration

Join your local handball community as we celebrate the completion of a new outdoor handball court in Clayland Park! Experienced players will be there to give a short training session to help teach you about the great sport of handball. Learn a great sport, spend some time outside and meet those in your community.

Where: Clayland Park Saint Paul MN
When: August 14th 1:30-3:00 (reschedule to August 15 if it rains)

The Minnesota Youth Handball program would like to thank and recognize Timothy Leahy, who recently passed away, for donating money to the youth program. Tim’s wife Paula decided to recognize the great gift of handball in Tim’s life by donating money to help young people who love (or are perhaps just learning) handball. The youth program will use the funds that the Leahys have donated to send young people to the World handball competition.

Tim started playing handball when he was in college at Saint John’s University in the 1960s. He enjoyed playing handball regularly, in tournaments and recreationally, for nearly five decades. Tim made many life-long friends while playing handball, and he always encouraged young people to learn the sport because they can enjoy it for their entire lives. Tim certainly did!


Juniors get the final words: Thank you!

Donations open door to a great experience

any juniors are able to travel to USHA national events only because of the generous donations to the
Ardito Travel Fund. Each recipient of travel money writes a letter of appreciation to his or her sponsor. Here are some examples of the juniors’ thoughts on the donors’ generosity:
I’m 16 years old and have been playing handball for 11 years. I’m so thankful that you were able to help support me in coming out to Portland, Ore., for my 10th junior nationals. I look forward to this tournament all year.
I have a brother, mom and dad who all play handball, as it has turned into a family affair. Sometimes all four of us will play in tournaments together. I started playing handball at the Lattof YMCA with Don Quinlan’s group and I’ve loved it ever since. This past year I have started to play in the open brackets at tournaments around the Midwest.
Once again, I would like to thank you for your help and support as it means more to me than you could think.
Ray Ure, Des Plaines, Ill.

I am 9 years old and the youngest player in the juniors tournament. I have been playing handball for one year.
My granddad is my coach. We practice three times a week. Bob Hickman teaches a class on Saturdays.
I want to have fun and win more games. My goal is to be the best handball player possible. My life goal is to get good grades and be the best person I can be.
Joshua Smith, Colorado Springs

I’m from Ireland, and this is my first time being at the junior nationals. I’m playing in the 19-and-under division in singles and doubles. I started playing handball at 14 and haven’t looked back since.

Being here has been a great experience, especially seeing all the players America and Canada have to offer. I’ve also made new friends and broadened my handball horizons.

I cannot thank you enough for helping fund and run this tournament as it really is the best junior tournament I’ve been to. It has improved my game tenfold. The chance to participate somewhere like the MAC really is a dream come true.

Thank you again and hopefully someday
I’ll do the same.
Brooklyn Hickey, Mallow, Ireland


Isaac Alberg (left) won the award for most improved, named for Lattof YMCA players Kate Conlon and Kurt Johannson, and Joseph Lallier earned the sportsmanship award, named after Vince Gabriele Jr. Alberg, in only his second year, became one of the most competitive juniors, and Lallier pitched in whenever help was needed.


A.J. Wilkinson, who won a title in his first USHA event, receives the best newcomer honor from LeaAnn Martin. The award is named for Tom Lynch, who has spearheaded fundraising for the annual juniors travel awards.

A.J. Wilkinson, who won a title in his first USHA event, receives the best newcomer honor from LeaAnn Martin. The award is named for Tom Lynch, who has spearheaded fundraising for the annual juniors travel awards.

I am 13 and have been playing handball for about two years. This is my second nationals. I play handball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and track and field. I am a triplet and have two sisters who also play handball.
I play handball at the Lattof YMCA and my coach is Don Quinlan. I play handball one day a week for two hours a day, sometimes three.
Thank you so much for your generosity. I really appreciate it.
Zoe Klicker, Arlington Heights, Ill.

I want to thank you for helping us come to Portland, Ore. I had a great time here and wish to come again.
I’ve been playing handball for five years now, and ever since I returned my first shot in the short court I fell in love with it. I am
13 now, and I participated in the 13-and- under small-ball bracket. I won two games and sadly lost two.
I’m glad I lost because I learn from my losses. I’m ready for the 2019 nationals and thankful for you.
Antonio Rivera, Tucson

I am 12 years old and have been playing handball for seven years. I like handball because it keeps you in shape and it’s fun to play.
I appreciate you for supporting me because it has helped me be where I am now. And without you I wouldn’t be able to go on big trips like Portland, Ore., and Chicago. Thank you for your donations and supporting the Fred Lewis Foundation.
Ayden Brule, Tucson